Time Calculations for First Parole Review


The following information is based on laws currently in effect. Parole and mandatory supervision eligibility is determined by the laws in effect at the time the offense is committed. The following is a parole and discretionary mandatory supervision eligibility chart, remember the parole board presently is placing inmates into parole review six months in advance of these calculated times and the parole board is presently voting cases as early as three months before the calculated times, in other words you need to hire me well in advance of the computed appearance date:


                             PAROLE DISCRETIONARY MANDATORY
Yrs. 3g Offenses All Other Offenses 3g/508.149 Offenses All Other Offenses
1 N/A 1 mos 13 days N/A 5 mos 21 days
2 N/A 2 mos 25 days N/A 11 mos 8 days
3 2 yrs 4 mos 8 days N/A 1 yr 5 mos 2 days
4 2 yrs 5 mos 21 days N/A 1 yr 10 mos 22 days
5 2 yrs 6 mos 7 mos 3 days N/A 2 yrs 4 mos 12 days
6 3 yrs 8 mos 15 days N/A 2 yrs 10 mos 3 days
7 3 yrs 6 mos 10 mos 0 days N/A 3 yrs 3 mos 20 days
8 4 yrs 11 mos 8 days N/A 3 yrs 9 mos 16 days
9 4 yrs 6 mos 1 yr 0 mos 24 days N/A 7 yrs 3 mos 4 days
10 5 yrs 1 yr 2 mos 8 days N/A 4 yrs 8 mos 24 days
11 7 yrs 6 mos 1 yr 9 mos 9 days N/A 7 yrs 1 mos 6 days
15 7 yrs 6 mos 1 yr 9 mos 9 days N/A 7 yrs 1 mos 6 days
20 10 yrs 2 yrs 4 mos 12 days N/A 9 yrs 5 mos 18 days
25 12 yrs 6 mos 2 yrs 11 mos 15 days N/A 11 yrs 10 mos
30 15 yrs 3 yrs 6 mos 18 days N/A 14 yrs 2 mos 12 days
35 17 yrs 6 mos 4 yrs 1 mos 21 days N/A 16 yr 6 mos 24 days
40 20 yrs 4 yrs 9 mos N/A 18 yr 11 mos 6 days
45 22 yrs 6 mos 5 yrs 4 mos 3 days N/A 21 yrs 3 mos 18 days
50 25 yrs 5 yrs 11 mos 8 days N/A 23 yrs 8 mos
55 27 yrs 6 mos 6 yrs 6 mos 11 days N/A 26 yrs 12 days
60 30 yrs 7 yrs 1 mos 15 days N/A 28 yrs 4 mos 24 days
LIFE 30 yrs 7 yrs 1 mos 15 days N/A N/A



3g Offenses where good time credits have no effect on an offender’s sentence:

Parole eligibility is based on calendar time. The inmates convicted of a 3g offense are not eligible for mandatory supervision. Any 3g offense committed on or after September 1, 1993 requires an inmate to serve a minimum of one-half of the total sentence to become parole eligible. The following is the current listing of 3g offenses:

    • Aggravated Sexual Assault
    • Aggravated Kidnapping
    • Aggravated Robbery
    • Indecency with Child-Contact
    • Murder
    • Sexual Assault of a Child
    • Offenses with Affirmative Finding of Deadly Weapon


There are certain offenses where a life sentence carries unique initial parole eligible requirements by statute:


Capital Murder                                                                                       40 years actual time served

Aggravated Sexual Assault                                                               35 years actual time served            (two prior convictions 1 sex related)

Aggravated kidnapping with Intent to Abuse Sexually    35 years actual time served            (two prior felony convictions 1sex related)

Indecency with Child-Contact                                                        35 years actual time served            (two prior felony convictions 1 sex related)

Burglary Habitation with intent to
sexual assault or indecency with Child                                     35 years actual time served           (two prior felony convictions 1 sex related)


Aside from the above listed offenses, good time credits for offenses listed below and as defined in 508.49 of the Texas Government Code count toward an inmate’s parole eligibility. The good time credit does not count, however, toward release on mandatory supervision. If the inmate is never approved for parole, the inmate convicted of the following will serve the entire sentence:


Aggravated Assault 1st and 2nd degree          *Drug-Free Zone Offenses                                 Robbery

Arson 1st degree                                                     Indecency with Child-Exposure                      Sexual Assault

Burglary Habitation 1st degree                           Injury to Child, Elderly, Disabled 1st degree
Use of Child in Offense


*Drug-free zone offenses carry a unique parole eligibility requirement. If convicted of such a crime, an offender must serve five calendar years to become eligible. Consequently, if an offender is sentenced to five-years or less, he or she is not eligible for parole or mandatory supervision.

Every inmate is eventually going to be reviewed by the Board. If you want to hire me I must have time to perform my job. I must be hired a long time before the inmate’s eligibility date so I can do what needs to be done such as help prepare an inmate to be a good candidate for release to parole, gather the needed information and prepare the written documentation to be submitted to the Board, and to argue in behalf of my client before the Board if granted an appearance.

All inmates will receive a parole eligibility date. About six (6) months before that eligibility date, the inmate’s file for TDCJ-ID goes into review status. Review Status means that the TDCJ-ID file will begin traveling through their different offices to be prepared for the parole board members before it is sent to them. When an inmate’s file goes into review status it is pulled out of the regular file cabinet in Austin and it begins to travel to the different offices for the many things that have to be done. The review status should be completed about 2 to 3 months before it is sent to the parole board office. Once the parole board receives the file, the file is then assigned to a first voting board member and then it is voted on. There is no exact formula for calculating when the review process will be complete or when the file will be sent to and voted on by the board members which is why I begin tracking my client’s files about 6 months before the eligibility date to make sure where they are. This is why I must be hired a long time before the inmate’s file goes into review status and a long time before the eligibility date.


The following is only an example of the time frame that it would take for a file to go through the system:


Eligibility Date                  File In Review Status                      Probable Voting Period

January 1, 2008                           August 1, 2007                                 November 1, 2007 – January 1, 2008


The above example shows that the inmate’s file had an eligibility date of January 1, 2008. Six months before that eligibility date, August 1, 2007, it is placed in review status. Around November 1, 2007, it is then sent to the board members to be voted on and the vote should be completed before January 1, 2008.